REVISED VERSION!: Tad Leski, born in 1916 in Kielce, Poland as Tadeusz Łęski, was an architect and artist. He was also a son, brother, a soldier, a prisoner of war, escapee, husband, and father. He was gifted, passionate and gentle. This is a brief memoir that touches on some of his many dimensions.
Kyna Leski is a founding principal of 3SIXØ Architecture (www.3six0.com) and a Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her design for a house of visual shadows, which she calls, “Dream House” was awarded first place out of 480 entries in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1998. Architect Shin Takamatsu, the author of the theme of that year’s competition, “A House as a Poetic Space,” and judge of the competition, stated, “. . . the project by Kyna Leski was outstanding. Light undergoes variations and dislocations and becomes architecture. It is an architecture, which resembles the topography of light. The process undergoes both interruptions and leaps forward. Each moment it becomes more complex, and attains a new depth of beauty. The architecture is woven into it. It is true poetry." Currently, she is writing a book on the workings of the creative process called, Storm's-eye View: Tracing the Creative Arc.